So lately Abby's been quite naughty. I've been racking my brain on why she just won't follow direction. Am I not spending enough time with her? Is she just at that exploring age, 3 1/2? Does she just not need a nap? Is it because she is the third child?
Today I had her lay on the carpet by the front door for her nap. She snucked out and got some games and spread them all over the floor. It took a few spankings and taking away treats to motivate her to actually pick them up and bring them to the table, so I could put them away.
As we were sitting there putting the cards away I asked her why she is being so naughty "Don't you care that I am the mom and it is important to do what I ask of you?"
Her responce "Oh, I don't think about you."
It has dawned on me that I have been telling them what to do. I used to say I need you to do this and I want you to do that. I guess I have been a frustrated dictator lately. Well that is going to change. I am going to revert back to what has worked for me in the past, and that is Please and Thank-you's and expressing my feelings and needs.